"Seven Phases of Personal Change"

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© '93 Chris Pringer

         This gestalt perspective sees life as like a jigsaw puzzle. Each being has or is one's own gestalt puzzle, and all life composes the universal gestalt puzzle. It helps me to see this as a 3-dimensional globe of innumerable beings all connected by a latticework or web of the love of God. Each of the pieces of the puzzle has a place in its puzzle, whether it is part of an individual's puzzle or a whole being in the universal puzzle. Each piece is connected to every other piece, to one degree or another. This says that Purpose and Connectedness are given realities -- they are constants -- no matter how distorted or dis-connected a piece appears in its current position.

         An experience is one piece of a gestalt puzzle. Thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about result from that experience. These are subsidiary or associated pieces. All pieces of the puzzle are connected and have a role to play, even if a piece is invisible from one's current perspective. Actually, invisibility would just be one of the roles of that piece, at that time. Every existing aspect plays an evolving role in this light -- in an evolving gestalt universe.

         In the physical body, every cell has it's own set of gifts, capabilities, essential aspects that it contributes for overall equilibrium. And yet, each cell has it's limits and even liabilities - depending on how it is used, placed, moved, etc. And so systems, made of other specialized cells, provide the organization and management to insure the most efficiency overall under any given condition. The management oriented cells don't have an ego to compete with the other cells to feel more loved or valuable or important- they all just do what they do best - and do this without any preferential recognition of one over the other.

         The body, therefore, shows how diversity is absolutely critical to overall health. That is a simple view of our physiology, but even it's most complex view serves as a metaphor for ideal cooperation within an intensely diverse system. Of course, humans are also each contending with an emotional body, a set of parents or authorities who are also human that treat the child with varying degree of skill and consistency of good intention, and we develop from there under varying degree and types of challenge.

         And we have that ego -- necessary to both survive the worst of that and keep us challenged with the paradox of individuality vs empathic fusion/"oneness," and need for realization of how to balance or transcend. And so on, depending on ones view of psychology, conventional or transpersonal. But one message the physical body gives us (if we choose to look at it this way) is that we each have essential value, a critical role to play, a place to be, and are unconditionally loved by the overall Being that we each are an equally important part of. That would be a system we can emulate.

         Let's take an example in which a piece of the Universal Gestalt puzzle, a member of the human race, appears totally unacceptable (to self and/or others). S/he may feel/appear that way when not in his/her "final" place. Still, s/he has a role to play and may use "coping mechanisms" and related strategies in the current position and process. The present state creates challenge and motivation leading to change that is also essential to the overall assembly of the puzzle. How s/he got "out of place" is history that can be used to learn - and teach. Even the non-repeatable can be appreciated (only in retrospect) due to some learning, the timing of which turned out to be critical for a subsequent development.

         When we appreciate the temporary states, the "piece" (or person) which appears distorted in the previous context (associated only with "negative" experience and feelings), finds more and more fitting places in the puzzle. This is one of the gifts of doing the process. Also, other pieces it was next to, other persons in one's relationship, thus find more connected and useful places and roles - eventually also with fewer and fewer coping mechanisms.

         Put in personal growth terms, a person may feel dis-connected and without a role -- separated from love and acceptance. It's sometimes easy to feel that some parts of us -- certain recurring thoughts or feelings -- just don't belong inside of us. In that case it's not uncommon to want to separate such parts from ourselves -- to dis-own them. Feeling separate results from feeling judged -- by self and/or others, consciously or unconsciously -- as unwanted, undeserving, not enough, etc. Just having this experience creates pain (or makes one aware of previously unconscious pain), and we may believe at the time that cutting out the thought or feeling will heal the condition.

         Thence, pain is one experience (or part of an experience) that we may not want to believe has a place in the gestalt puzzle. Pain does result from feeling separated from one's source of love and acceptance - and/or whom one feels is that source. Since (at least some would say) we often are not conscious of the true source, let alone of where the pain is actually coming from. The *core* of the pain may have originated in his/her infancy, when the child first felt cut-off from his/her parents' needed attention, then reinforced in certain kinds of recurring situations through life.

         The belief that "everthing has its place in the world" is probably the basis for Gestalt Psychology. Among other things, that says that a newborn baby seeks only to love and be loved. That is its total underlying intention and motivation for coming into and staying in the world. I do not believe in the idea that "underneath all the stuff of a person is a sinful being that needs to be forced into submission by a vengeful God and his fearful servants." [One can only guess the percentage of atheists have been created in reaction to that one. However, "Reaction" is not "Action" when comes to forgiving and healing destructive early programming.] I do believe that all we have ever experienced has a purpose in our lives, regardless of how little we would want some of it repeated by anyone.

         In the Eastern metaphysical perspective, because we are all a work in progress and all souls eventually come to total oneness of All That Is, we are all perfect in spite of the out-of-place pieces, not just because or when the pieces are in their final places. Having said something which can be most difficult to understand by the average western -trained mind, I will add that in this perspective, each soul is *responsible* for his/her own growth, redemption, evolution, and ever-increasing the opening to God for the capacity and assistance to do that -- over however many thousands of lifetimes and hardtimes it takes to do that.

         Hence, The principles of "... no free lunch," "earn your learning," and "infinite compassion" all apply here more than in any other cosmology I know of. And when is "final", if we are designed for self-realization and if there is always more to realize outside our existing perspective??? Related: the essay "A Concept of Health & Healing for the Whole Being" (not revised since very early 90's; please email me @chalicer@iinet.com and ask for this if desired.)

         What's really beautiful about the gestalt puzzle, is that there are pieces of the puzzle (people) that provide for the assessment and rearrangement (transformation) of the puzzle. The increasing realization of acuity, depth, and breadth -- which includes compassion -- in viewing one's life-puzzle goes along with the successful overall management (and evolution) of the puzzle. This tells me that we were designed to be self-realizing, which means that we had to begin relatively un-self-realized. That we, as a microcosm of the macrocosm, are designed to grow and learn. That therefore, our being less than perfect from any perspective is *a point of view.* In other words, from the perspective of the Gestalt, the *process* - that includes the above mentioned coping mechanisms, challenges, and gifts - is part of the plan of the universal gestalt puzzle. This perspective is elaborated in a much more technical application in "The Body Pattern Assessment/Reading and Understanding the Pattern Triad."

         The "Gestalt Puzzle" is like the human brain as an example of "the many kinds of smart" (in a slightly expanded if not updating reference to the book, "Seven Kinds of Smart") that necessarily work together, and yet in a myriad of ways, even as that myriad is one essential element in the very definition of individuality, the diversity of all of which implys it's very purpose, even design, is to use the vehicle of opposition and complementarity to work together whatever the degree of conflict, even as learning to make all conflict a non-violent process. ~cp 2017

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Prose for the Gestalt Puzzle
from the book, "Spiritual Literacy"

Some seem to be born with a
neatly completed puzzle.
And so it goes.
Souls going this way and that
Trying to assemble the myriad parts

But know this. No one has within themselves
All the pieces to their puzzle.
Like before the days when they used to seal
jigsaw puzzles in cellophane.
Insuring that all the pieces were there.

Everyone carries with them
at least one and probably
Many pieces to someone else's puzzle.
Sometimes they know it.
Sometimes they don't.

And when you present your piece
Which is worthless to you,
To another, whether you know it or not,
Whether they know it or not,
You are a messenger from the Most High.

~~ Lawrence Kushner in
Honey from the Rock

It was on a train on a rainy day.

The train was slowing down to pull into a station. For some reason I became intent on watching the raindrops on the window.

Two separate drops, pushed by the wind, merged into one for a moment and then divided again -- each carrying with a part of the other.

Simply by that momentary touching, neither was what it had been before. And as each one went on to touch other raindrops, it shared not only itself, but what it had gleaned from the other.

I saw this metaphor many years ago and it is one of my most vivid memories.

I realized then that we never touch people so lightly that we do not leave a trace.

Our state of being matters to those around us, so we need to become conscious of what we unintentionally share so we can learn to share with intention.

~~ Peggy Tabor Millin in
Mary's Way
Take a lump of clay

Wet it, pat it,

Make a statue of you

And a statue of me

Then shatter them, clatter them,

And some water,

And break them and mold them

Into a statue of you

And a statue of me.

Then in min, there are bits of you

And in you there are bits of me.

Nothing ever shall keep us apart.

         ~~ Kuan Tao-Sheng, quoted in
Of Love and Lust  by Theodor Reik

Diversity, Coexistence, & the Gestalt Puzzle by Chris Pringer 4'15

Gestalt Psychology as compared to Buddhist Psychology

          Buddhists *generally* attempt transcendence or conscious sublimation of emotion, discouraging actual expression of anything that might be considered unkind, certainly not to others. Awareness of origins of "stuff" can lead to one's disengaging the cause and effect dynamics, but that is only one part of a conscious life-long practice in self-awareness - of the type that is *selfless,* that is.
          Whereas Gestalt therapy focuses on emotions for the purpose of bringing the "plants" of suppressed emotion constructively to the surface, so can move it out of it's covert-power position and reduce the likelihood of it's ill-effects. IE: as/in a sudden temper-fired "gunny-sacking," or internally upon oneself. That suppressed emotion is the core of the tension that leads to restricted cellular and/or systemic circulation and/or elimination, leading to internal disorders, diseases. Or as it USUALLY manefests, in "coming out sideways" -as I like to say- either as an unconscious influence upon our words or other expressions, AND thus the unconscious projection of our own "stuff" onto others - something ALL of us do to some degree. Although no one sees it at the time - except most everyone else (Ouch! Note below metaphor).
          Which is best? Whereas I my own system is an integration of both, I'll just say that answer depends on your beliefs about cosmology/ reincarnation/ karma/ transcendence etc, and/or what you've tried with what amount of success -- among many other factors you would discuss w/your therapist, and/or inner parent, and/or inner mystic, as the case applies. Related: a web site all about (and offering) the integration of of the two usually separate approaches - with good, short, pragmatic paragraphs about how & why it works, etc. Just an FYI; Enjoy :-) (
http://www.gttcnw.org/buddhist.html) [¶ added , 4/10/11, rev'd 3/18/15]

"Jack, Smack, and Del"
Jack, with his monkey, Smack, on his back, was talking with his best pal, Del. Jack gazed away for a moment as Smack wacked Del with a sack of poop. When Jack looked Back, Del, now with a strange smell, said "Jack, you need to fix Smack, or dump the poop out of that sack." Jack says, "I don't know what you're saying, Del." Each time Jack looks away, Del gets another weighlay as Jack, looking back, says "Del, you kinda smell." Three more wacks with the sack later, Jack sees Smack lean in, swing that sack, and Del ducks better - well, by a hair, though now wetter. Del says, "Jack, like I've told ya for weeks back, if you don't get that sack from Smack, that's gonna be it for our pack." Says Jack: "But I tried that once, and Smack opened the sack all over my back, and I wreaked for weeks. And besides, what's the problem, Del - other than, well, you kind of smell. When was the last time you took a bath really well?! But our talks are killer, Del, 'til tomorrow, be swell."
[A new version of an old metaphor; cp, 1/'15; pics by Serif]


Seven Phases of Personal Change

© '93 Chris Pringer

         The process of personal change can be seen to evolve through seven phases. This can apply to one's personality improvement program, to criminal rehabilitation, to general (psycho-social) evolution of a society, or to one's spiritual growth; to a slightly noticed mannerism in our dealing with others or to a habit that could destroy our quality of life. The time it takes to go through the different phases varies. Depending on the kind and depth of change desired and on many other factors, the phases can take seconds or lifetimes. For the most part this essay regards those that are personally notable and memorable.

         In Phase 1 we exhibit a negative behavior pattern without consciously realizing the behavior is non-beneficial. In Phase 2 we begin to notice after the fact, perhaps in response to correction or even retaliation by others, that the behavior may be non-beneficial, but continue doing it anyway.

         In Phase 3 we come, for the first time, to actually desire to change the behavior, yet find we still keep doing the same thing. There still is not the conscious awareness of the full implications of the behavior, nor a noticeable degree of remorse, until after the action. In Phase 2, no guilt is felt at all.

         In Phase 4 we are aware of the non-beneficence of the pattern and even the remorse, or at least guilt, during the behavior itself. We now have realized that the behavior is a habit if not an addiction. Also during the behavior we may feel considerable frustration and anger at self for continuing the habit, and may even wonder why we are still doing it. About this time we begin to assimilate the information necessary to redesign new patterns.

         In Phase 5 we make a decision to implement change of some sort, although we may not know exactly what that will look like. We begin to effect behavior change although it would seem parts of self are also trying to continue the pattern.

         In Phase 6 we finally exercise full awareness just before we would otherwise begin the behavior and successfully engage a new behavior pattern. The new behavior may continue to develop depending on various factors, and especially if one is motivated to help others in relation to that same kind of pattern. This is not to say that all those who attempt to or actually do help others with a personally experienced pattern have fully changed their own behavior.

         Phase 7 only occurs once one is consciously on a spiritual path - regardless of which path or if the path has a formal name. Phase 7 can overlap any of the preceding four phases (3 - 6) and involves the guilt and judgment process. Not all guilt and judgment is born out of spiritual paths, of course. It wouldn't be a simple analysis (even if, by chance, useful) to try to determine which parental rules were in alignment with our Soul's guidance, and which were somehow willy-nilly pushing us in the same direction in spite of their design. Eventually the guilt and judgment cease to be needed as motivators, and become behaviors to drop [per below-referenced essay, "Emotion & Motivation on the Path and in Healing"].


[ This reads both horizontally and vertically
(which is part of the whole metaphor it speaks to) ]


Tension sustains the body  
Paradox sustains the mind  
Suspension is the bridge  
Awareness is the crossing  
Letting go the bridge  
of suspension  

 Values yet to be fully lived
 Potentials to be fully realized
 evolving us
 expanding limits
 of cognitive dissonance
 in abeyance
Time is of no consequence  
in Right Brain Logic

--Prose by Christopher Pringer

Note about the term, *Intention*:
From an Eastern philosophical perspective (and as used here),
"Intention" pertains more to *Being* than *doing*, to *motivation* than *goal*,
and implying that what comes from such *Presence* will naturally accomplish
what is most needed. More about that described or referenced just below (in "More on Ideals").

More On "Ideals" (Jan'11, Aug'16):

          For many readers as well as this author, many of the ideals stated or implied on various pages at my site are supremely challenging to say the least, and understandably so. I write on the topic because I believe ideals help us formulate a useful vision by which we can effectively develop realistic and purposeful goals. Very few get to live up to our highest ideals, but without ideals, what would we live up to? More pragmatically (?) on the subject: "On Potential Realities, Ideals, Goals, and Accomplishment" at the "Evolution Trends" page, "More On 'Ideals'" & "...the Concept of Perfection" at the page, "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner -- and Detouring 'Burn-out'," "The Goal Chart - A Flow-Chart of the Human Psyche in Growth Facilitation and The Achievement of Goals, Attainment, and the Role of Inner-Work", And "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" (Aug'11, on same page) is About clarifying what we most truly want, and how we can have that... also about HOW we respond to Pain & Loss (whether caused by disease, ourselves, others, or the economy) and are brought back together again - the *how* that can MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.


      Related Essays      

"My Cells - My Children" & other metaphorical prose
Illustrates the dynamic relationships of Spirit, mind, body, and emotions, as well as the Inner Child-parent-family, including the cells, organs, and body systems. New section on "Body-Parenting" in Mind-Body Integration and a powerful form of Preventative Health Maintenance (New 12/16/09). Based on the "Re-Parenting" approach to personal growth & self-healing, I consider it a powerful adjunct to Body-Mind Integration. The page also includes a little artwork in surreal symbolism, "The Chaliverse."

    "Love Letter" self-applied journaling technique (Word doc format)
"Nice name, serious work": This letter format is useful for preparing and/or facilitating deeper communications and/or resolving conflict/issues within self or with another person (ie: parent, former mate, etc). This method can fill a special need for therapeutic dialog with someone who is currently not present, including those who have passed on. Because most of what any person can actually heal, or may be responsible to heal, is within ones own feeling body. It is also valuable for/during various strictly personal therapeutic processes, for simply journaling, including self-dialog between two or more parts of yourself that represent mixed feelings about something. Other benefits include introduction to and practice in additional valuable self-healing techniques: "Self-Parenting;" constructing practical, emotionally integrative affirmations; making decisions about your intention and direction for healing change; and verbalizing those decisions in order to etch them into ones being. The latter initiates the completion of (as yet unmet) essential need(s) of the Inner Child, and may manifest changes in related physical symptoms (ie: much less pain). Titled, "How To Write A Love Letter", this is Available in Word doc format or (Unformatted) Text format. [You may also be able to right click on either of those links, select "save link as" (or equivalent), and save the file(s) to your hard drive for later use.]

    "Emotion & Motivation on the Path and in Healing."
A Cosmology of what is here referred to as the 'Emotional-Body' - that which provides the motivation or 'drive' for any sustained focus, decision, stance or action. It is the degree of emotion that makes the difference between a held belief and a mere passing thought. Includes "Emotion, Fuel, & 'the Vehicle' - Fueling or Fooling Around?", "Reward, Punishment, Justice, & Change", "Emotion & Intention; Motivation & Detachment; Self & Others", and "Asking for Forgiveness, & What's Trust Got to Do With It?" (Rev'd Jul'13)

    "Considerations and Strategies in the Management of the Emotional Body"
At three pages (!) each having their own particular areas of focus, with only as much overlapping as needed, including as related to coping mechanisms, as well as to working with *the Inner Child.* At the "Body-Mind Integration" page this assembly of resources are in the "Notes on Practical Application Of Gestalt Techniques in Emotional Release", and is the version more applicable for most any "issue", yet also tied in more closely with the somatic aspects (muscle and joint injuries and related conditions). At the "Efficient Body Sizing Strategies, Weight Management, Weight Loss" page, the focus is as per the title description. And the more eclectic version is at the page, "Attainment And Achievement -- The Alignment Of Beliefs, Desires, And Needs".

    "The Empathy Movement"
an assembly of resources and considerations, is currently at the "Chalice Integration Arts & Sciences" page. Also related on that page is 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening- a story about Language, Relationship and Communications, "the body-mind split" (or "mind-body split"), emotional intelligence (EQ) as related to IQ, implications and ramifications (cause and effect dynamics) in society, politics, foreign relations, suggestions/ considerations for pro-active response on individual and social levels, etc. And "A Kind of Summary For Pragmatic Balance" - eclectically presented summary of links to (more) essays with considerations for pragmatic approach.

    "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner - and Detouring 'Burn-out'" - Published July'88 in "The New Times" (Seattle). On title-noted-aspects and related co-dependency and psycho-spiritual dynamics more or less common to therapists, nurses, doctors, and other care-givers. Also differentiates compassion from sympathy, permanent healing facilitation from symptomatic or temporary, responsibilities as related to "the work". An older writing, a compilation of principles and ideals. Also includes prose, "The Price Of Compassion". Added Feb'13: Visual "Affirmation for 'Seeing' & 'Hearing' ", for Clarifying and Clearing over Chalice Garden Multi-Chalice(8) HemiSync[12-3B]... This (page-wide) visual affirmation is based on principles of various therapeutic systems, including Chi Gung, for bringing about greater balance of energies in your system...". Included suggestions for use, with a 2nd graphic, "Chalice Bridging" & "Synthesis" prose over "PiChal-on Sepia". Added Jul'13: "Asking for Forgiveness, & What's Trust Got to Do With It?"

    "WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial"
Pertains to Physical and other levels - Aspects in Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion. The title question could have been, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" or "Why deny pain?" or "Why one should complain about pain?" There are no easy answers to these, if only because every individual has his/her own story and experience. I begin with basic, more physical-level concepts, and extend into other dimensions from there. There may be more proper medical terms for most of the dynamics I describe, but my purpose is to try to give ideas to help explain, a complex but common experience in a more understandable fashion -- perhaps even to give a little hope, motivation toward resources and some degree of relief. An exploration of concepts in empathy, caring, punishment and 'The Martyr Triad,' is included as well as essays: "Intro & Notes on Pain, Pain Reduction, Pain Elimination, Pain Desensitization", "A List Of Factors In The Perception Of Pain", "More On Referral Of Pain", "Delayed Healing", "Stress & Energy Related Pains", "Notes On Pain From Gestalt Perspective," "Internal Separation And Healing," "Anger - Some Modes & Complexities," "Pain Management & Body Parenting," "Pain, Relative to 'True Courage vs Toughness'," "A Message from the Masters" (a select collection of ancient wisdom in colloquial voice for balancing the adrenalised brain with the spiritual heart), "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment - and Healing the Pain," "A Metaphysician's Perspective On Pain, Emotion, & Change," "Why Deep Massage/Bodywork?", "Should A Massage Be Painful?," and "Touch-sensitivity of Muscles - and Cell Congestion."

    "Fibromyalgia - Theory with Examples" (Apr 28-30, 2011) at the Fascia Memory Theory page - a cause and effect theory - about Fibromyalgia's possible "relationship to a perfuse scattering of waste products throughout the fine interstitial spaces among the cells of the muscle tissues, due to their being chronically held *contracted* and under-circulated, including trauma induced contractedness over a broad-area (including by being forcibly tickled in early childhood)..." (Maybe it's no accident that this came along shortly after the visualization chart at the page, "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer" or "Bridging Prayer & Science", healing prayer techniques, visual prayer charts.

    "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer"
Or "Bridging Prayer & Science" - faith & intuition, Spirit working logic & emotion, and a little science to boot. Tools for working with the cells - self-healing on an energetic level, plus supportive science, concepts and references, a summary essay, "Cells & Healing Changes: How I Believe What I See; Building, Cleansing, and Paradigm Management; Body-Parenting & Healing Cell-Talk" (Rev'd Apr 2011) and "'Getting Super': Sample Personalized Visualization Prayer Chart" (more application of science than prayer in this case, as related to *Cellular Re-Organization* and engaging *neuroplasticity* (New Apr 2011). Also "Focusing Love-Organized Healing Waters", or Water-Charging (incl. a section for the Neuro-Endocrine System), based on some very inspiring scientific findings by Masaru Emoto, including Dr. Emoto's message for transforming the water (molecules) effected by nuclear radiation. [this page is finally beginning to say what I've always wanted it to! ie: more to come in time.]

    The "Body-Mind Integration" (Essays) Page
BASIC HOW'S AND WHY'S Of Storage of Tension and Memory in the bodily tissues ("normal" and otherwise): When, how and why it is stored and released; communication between body and mind, benefits; proprioreceptors, personal growth, massage/bodywork, therapist's approach, etc. (Published In Massage Magazine, July-August 1992). Newly Added/Rev'd (May'11-July'12) on this page: "The science behind the body-mind relationships" (in the reference section) as well as addendum essays for clarifying these topics for *common sense* preventative maintenance application, as well as further completing the context and clarifying the dynamics and processes involved, including self-help level emotional processing. Page includes "Muscle Q & A" (a kind of overview of the mind-body aspect), "Body Awareness and Communications, as Related to Body-Memory and Integration", "Insight Please", "Cell Talk" - Suggestions on building a healing relationship with ones cells (muscles or otherwise), "Adrenaline vs Endorphins...Brain Activity, Muscles and Tendons ...Aging" about adrenal response related to all the above (incl. trauma, long-term conditioning), "EQ, IQ, Emotional Integration, and a Synergetic Relationship", and Reviews for articles on Massage, Alternative Therapies, & Pain, incl. "Study: Massages really can make pain go away"; & Sept 2011 Consumer Report; quotes, commentary & charts.
"Integration" in the wholistic or therapeutic sense, implies that the information or skills (whether of the past, the good, the bad, remembered or forgotten) are re-organized and then learned from, in such a healthfully complete or "Integral" way (*Love-Wisdom* in application), that it is understood and used for the highest good. The process involves "Synergy" of many systems, and the word "Transformative" is often used to describe what often happens with the most destructive material - that which has been repressed or denied. (Pertains to my more in-depth work, if/as requested.)
Long Hair Night, Chris-2011
Chris, Feb'11

  The "Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context Chart" is now (10/10/11) at the Organization Chart page. It compacts the key points into a relatively small visual space, and provides a summary of them and their implications relative to body-mind preventative maintenance, pain management, other aspects.

    "Integration" by Krysta Gibson,
about Common myths vs realities about psycho-spiritual integration; effective guidance about feelings and memories, 'living in the now', 'releasing' events and people, 'forgiving and forgetting' the past - for living the spiritual life fully and meaningfully. Originally published by Krista Gibson in "The New Times" of Seattle. Through the late 80's & most of the 90's, I always read Krysta's essays if I didn't have time to read anything else, and kept copies of various or her articles handy for my clients to take home with them. Still current...

    "Achievement of Goals, Attainment, And the Role of Inner Work: A Flow Chart of the Human Psyche in Growth Facilitation and ..."

Often referred to at this site as "The Goal Chart" - a practical visual tool to help organize a truly gestalt approach to goal accomplishment, as well as complement & help complete other self-help perspectives & presentations. This comprises a re-hash of gestalt application of modern psychology and ancient truths, created to work for new applications; © Chris Pringer, '92, Rev'd 8'02. In another section, "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" (Aug'11) is about clarifying what we most truly want, and how we can have that... also about HOW we respond to Pain & Loss (whether caused by disease, ourselves, others, or the economy) and are brought back together again - the *how* that can MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
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  "Understanding the Pattern Triad and The Body Pattern Assessment" About Mind-Body Relationships, (from) coping mechanisms, (to) skills, (to) gifts through challenges on one's Life Path. This page is about how the body has habitually responded to experience is evidenced by the body's holding and movement patterns. Includes (Rev'd & New Sections, 12/27/09) "Notes on Mind-Body Correlations - Source-References, Organization of *Body Memory,* and 'WHAT I DO' ". Other sections include excerpts from "Body Memory and ... Learning Life Lessons." About aspects to be discovered, emotionally cleared, and then employed as mental/emotional assets and guidance towards determining and accomplishing life goals. I provide an explaination for a system of assessments and mind-body correlations -- learned and integrated from/for my work with others as well as for my own life process. Note: Keywords referring to, or related to, the same phenomenon: somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy.

    "Opening the Bridges & Firing the Cauldrons"
Integrating Energy Work and Self-Healing Instruction into bodywork, is about a "Chalice-Bridging" style chakra balancing, and may include Reiki and/or very basic Qigong instruction. This approach is based in the view that we each are a bridge between Father & Mother GOD/ESSence, & thus form a chalice for the balancing & integrating of Humanity with the Divine. Or at least ideally so, as our systems are *attuned* & our batteries are *charged* & we fulfill our true role as human embodiments of Spirit. And in the belief that the body-mind can be a primary means of access for finding ones Way, developing appropriate and effective relationship among the three "lower bodies" (mental, emotional, and physical, which compose the "Body-Mind". Ref: "Triangle/Triad Interface" Chart above).

    Yi Ren Qigong
Why I enjoy this approach and manner of treatment is explained via Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun's "Guiding Principle # 4: Assist Individuals to Identify and Treat the Root Cause of Their Health Condition. Illnesses do not occur spontaneously. Symptoms are not the causes of diseases but expressions of the body's internal miscommunications. Causes may occur on many levels, including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. To accurately identify and treat the root cause of diseases with Yi Ren Medical Qigong, there are specific practice routines which can help individuals recover completely. Yi Ren Medical Qigong practice increases both the therapists/practitioners' levels of awareness , assists individuals in identifying the fundamental underlying causes of dis-ease on all levels, and encourages practitioners to work on the root causes rather than symptoms." Articles at the Yi Ren Qigong Center web site include "Guiding Principles of Yi Ren Qigong", "Introduction to Yi Ren Medical Qigong", "Qi Cultivation for Healing Chronic Illness", "The Art of Internal Observation", "The Physiology of the Three Gates". Featuring Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun, PhD., Founder of the Institute of Qigong & Internal Alternative Medicine. Dr. Sun is currently engaged in mind-body medicine and energy medicine research at Bastyr University, Seattle, Washington. He is an expert in Qigong for Functional Pain (pain with no apparent organic causes).

    *Readings on the Scientific Basis of Bodywork, Energetic, and Movement Therapies*
Published by James L. Oschman, Ph.d. and Nora H. Oschman, two leaders in science as applied to healing. Excerpts and notes from that can be found here. The Oschmans are the authors of "Somatic Recall, Part 1 - Soft tissue memory," which continues in "... Part 2 - Soft tissue holography,". A summarization of their findings may be enjoyed in their article, "How Healing Energy Works". Visit their web site at http://www.energyresearch.bizland.com/. There are extensive scientific references for your in-depth curiosity via the above links. (And, by the way, this is very related to my own work and studies in fascia based body-memory; my Fascia-Memory page is listed in the author section below).

ChBullet    "Tensing Yoga" and other Self-Applications
          For Self-Healing, Body-Mind Awareness, & Preventative Maintenance (rev. 7/02, ..7'13).
Technique is explained for context and self-application. TY is about specific applications for chronic muscle pain, related injuries, without need to learn asanas (poses). However, TY may be used to get into positions quicker, easier, and without injury. All of which is critically related to healing or preventing injury. TY could be considered an optimized form of self-applied, neuro-muscular re-education, reinforced with a body-mind connectivity that insures a more comprehensive and long-term response (High Preventative Maintenance Gains). Page sections include those with emphasis on Tension Range, *Work/Rest Ratio*, Muscle Energy Efficiency, individual muscle focus, teamwork/ "edgework", and learn that as we interface with our cells in the way that TY leads us to do, we can directly, and naturally engage that capacity for neuroplasticity - for re-organization of the brain and other neural networks (including proprioceptors in muscles) especially when we include all elements of the approach, including focus, attitude, and rapport with the cells [as covered on the page]. Also on the page: "Low-Intensity Low-Back Exercises" Chart and "Before Rising..." instructions, a fun "Exercise for Illustrating Tension Range...", as well as a "Breathing Ratio Chart" - method & application. Subtopics including the extremely common myths about *Muscle Stretching*, a number of yoga ref-links for specific ailments/conditions as well as for selecting the right form of yoga for you, and about a "Muscle Madness" game!? "Origins of Tensing Yoga & Related Ref's from More *Traditional Yoga*" include my own self-healing story.

 Energy Psychology at Southeast Institute
Energy psychology focuses on the interrelationship of energy systems, emotion, behavior, psychopathology, and health. These systems include the electrical activity of the nervous system, acupuncture meridians, chakras, biofields, and morphogenetic fields. A good resource page for sample self-applications and related resources is at Feeling Free .Net. Another good reference is Dr. Fred P. Gallo's Energy Psych .Com site submitted, Thank you, by Bruce Tanner. I found the "Preface to Energy Psychology in Psychotherapy" page very informative.
          [ In my opinion, based on discussion with various practitioners of EFT, the "Emo-Free" ("TAP" & related) systems work very well (and relatively quickly) for many people. And for vets and PTSD, EFT can "put the fire out". But it may not result in more than brief relief in cases where the cause of the trouble is based in, or critically anchored to, deep-seated emotions that were traumatically suppressed in early childhood. Per reasons as indicated at pages by yours truly, and/per those references of my teachers in body-centered psychology. I'm referring here to considerations in the difference between Gestalt, New Thought, EFT, and Behavioral schools of psychology, the different approaches to what some of us call "the emotional body", the cause of emotional pain, what we might call "true" preventative maintenance, etc. EFT seems to be a cross between Behavioral and New Thought(?). Exceptions to that would be in the case where, and to the degree that, the associated trauma is simultaneously felt (enough to be validated), observed, and breathed-through, as it moves through the energy system (ie: via polarity/meridian/chakra system if/as applies to one's modality), and to/through the CSF, and thus out of the body, during and/or subsequent to the EFT/related session. Otherwise, how is any associated and stored emotional component, born out of unresolved confusion at an early age, going to get out of the system, for the purpose of creating symptoms, so as to signal the deeper cause, so as to resolve our problems - as we were designed to do? How? - by whatever route the self next finds to work. The trouble is, it might be more destructive, perhaps even better disguised, perhaps "only" internally, via organ disfunction. -Chris Pringer ]

   "The Use Of Questions (and Gestalt approach) In Effective Affirmation Therapy"
Theory & Examples for Practical Application. Theory section explains how this (PRQ) system compares to other affirmation techniques and therapies - how and why they work, advantages of PRQ's, etc. Includes Lots of Sample PRQ's (Positive Response Questions) for learning and affirming any desired knowledge, Simple How-To's in developing Pragmatic use of "the right question" -- from a test situation and/or from regular affirmations. Works well for the intangibles (Personal Growth oriented) which many would say has to come before you can truly enjoy the rest anyway. © `94



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